Moving Around Montana

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A Gymnasium in the middle of nowhere en route to Hot Springs

Like all cities — even small ones — Missoula has a way of sucking you in. You get complacent and start getting into slightly lazy habits. London is the worst for this kind of thing, and now Missoula is doing it. So J and I decided to take E and a friend of hers on a day trip. We had heard about a small town called Hot Springs (pop: 544) and had been told it was ‘alternative’. There is virtually nothing about it online so we couldn’t answer the girls’ questions about whether there would be ice cream and swimming and whether the hot springs would be suitable for kids or even open. I did learn that its motto is ‘Limp in, Leap Out’. With that as our jumping off point (so to speak) we packed some bottles of water, a few snacks and headed north to the Flathead Reservation.

This is what we saw:

Heading away from Arlee, north to Hot Springs

Heading away from Arlee, north to Hot Springs

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An Outsider environment between Arlee and Hot Springs. The figures had buffalo skull heads and the artist had written 'Take Us Home'. I feel I know what he was saying with these and it made me sad.

An Outsider environment between Arlee and Hot Springs. The figures had buffalo skull heads and the artist had written ‘Help Us Home’. I feel I know what he was saying with these and it made me sad.

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The Bar in Hot Springs

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A house in Hot Springs

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The town mural in Hot Springs

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The town mural in ‘downtown’ Hot Springs

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The main street in Hot Springs

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The main street in Hot Springs

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The main street in Hot Springs

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A shop selling vintage movie posters. The guy used to trade in vintage guns but now sells beads, jewellery and posters from old Westerns.

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A shop selling vintage movie posters. The guy used to trade in vintage guns but now sells beads, jewellery and posters from old Westerns.

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The town of Hot Springs

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E and her friend J in Hot Springs

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Symes Hotel where we did some outdoor soaking in the sunshine in January. Gorgeous.

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The antique store at the Symes Hotel, Hot Springs

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The drive south to Missoula with the sun setting and two sleeping kids in the back seat.

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3 thoughts on “Moving Around Montana

  1. Hi Just a note to say if you want to meet a few people in Missoula, I have a few friends there, older and some younger. Let me know. Missoula is a great place, as is Montana. I am sort of based in Butte, just a few hours away – when I am not on road which I am now. Anyway if want an intro, let me know. What will you be doing there?? jon jost contact at clarandjon@msn.com

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